How to Handle a Chipped Tooth

Posted by El Camino Dental Arts on Sep 22 2019, 02:42 AM

Having a chipped tooth can get in the way of a lot of things. One may find it difficult to eat normally or even smile with confidence. Thankfully, there are a few ways that one can handle a chipped tooth. Oftentimes when a tooth chips, people panic! But, that doesn't have to be the case. Handling a chipped tooth is relatively simple! 

Chipping a tooth can occur pretty much whenever. Unfortunately, the teeth are prone to chipping because they are delicate and accidents happen. That being said, it can be helpful to know how to handle a chipped tooth when it occurs. In this article, we go over what to do!

How to handle a chipped tooth

Worried that a chipped tooth is in your future? Read on to find out how you should handle it.

Schedule an appointment with the dentist

One of the most important parts of handling a chipped tooth is to schedule an appointment with the dentist. This will allow a dental professionals the chance to examine and evaluate the chip to determine how to repair it.

Some common repairs include dental bonding, a dental crown or even a filling. All of the repair options depend heavily on the severity of the chip. A dentist can explain the key differences in all of these repair options so that you can determine what is best for you and your chipped tooth. 

Rinse your mouth

When you chip a tooth, it is necessary to rinse your mouth out completely. When a tooth chips, it is likely that fragments or parts of the tooth will disperse in the mouth. It is best not to swallow these tooth bits, so rinsing the mouth out will help to ensure that nothing is left behind that could be swallowed.

Be gentle with the tooth

Another important thing about handling a chipped tooth is that you’ll need to be gentle. It is important to try and avoid chewing anything hard or terribly sticky that may cause further damage to the tooth. Once the tooth chips, it is likely that the enamel is more likely to break further. With that being said, be careful with the tooth. 

Practice good oral hygiene

After a tooth chip, it is also important to practice good oral hygiene. Brush the tooth gently to ensure that food doesn’t build up or get stuck. Again, it is important to be gentle but still ensure that proper care is given to ensure cleanliness. Good oral hygiene will also prevent bacteria growth, which could put the tooth at risk. 

Contact us today!

Do you have a chipped tooth? These can make life difficult! If your tooth is chipped, then you should contact us today. Our trained professionals can evaluate your tooth and determine what the best course of action is to care for the chip and repair it. Give us a call or stop by our office, we are here to help you!

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